As Iran approaches the nuclear threshold, Israeli leaders are explicitly warning of an imminent pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. The IDF has begun training for precisely that possibility, the consequences of which would be devastating. Is a pre-emptive strike worth the price? Is stopping what many Israelis perceive as a potential existential threat worth any risk? And how does Jewish tradition define a legitimate act of self-defense?
And as we approach the point of no return, Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain begin the conversation many North American Jews have preferred to avoid: how to speak about this increasingly realistic scenario. Click here to download Elana’s sources from this episode.
A transcript of this episode is available here.
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For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”